Joseph McDonnell received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame, working under renowned sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. He also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, and at the Harvard School of Design. He has produced more than 150 major commissions for institutions, corporations, and individuals including CBS, IBM, General Electric, Readers Digest, Dulles Airport, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the New Jersey State Government. In addition, he has been commissioned to design sculptures for awards given to honorees of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Westchester Open Golf Classic, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. He has been a resident of Seattle for the past fifteen years. 

McDonnell has been an associate editor and sculpture critic for the monthly newspaper Art World. He is also a longtime member of the Century Association where he served on the exhibition committee for many years.





Harvard University School of Design 1987

Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence 1959-1961

MFA, University of Notre Dame 1959

BFA, University of Notre Dame 1958

University of Detroit, MI 1954-1956

One Man Exhibitions

Weber Fine Art Gallery, Greenwich, CT, 2008

Modern Masters Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA, 2008

Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL, 2007

Modern Masters Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA, 2006

Weber Fine Arts, Greenwich, CT, 2005

Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2005

Foster/White, Seattle, WA, 2002

Weber Fine Art Gallery, Scarsdale, NY, 2002

Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2001

Nardin Galleries, New York, NY, 1997

Nardin Gallery, Somers, NY, 1995

Century Association, NY, 1995

Paige Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1982

Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT, 1980

Westlake Gallery, White Plains, NY, 1978

John Wanamaker Fine Arts Gallery, PA, 1970

Flint Art Institute, Flint, MI, 1964

Galleria Goldoni, Florence, Italy, 1963

McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX, 1964

Florence Art Gallery, Florence, Italy, 1962

Galleria Pater, Milan, Italy,1962

Galleria Goldoni, Florence, Italy, 1961

Galleria L’88, Rome, Italy, 1961

Awards Received

Mural Competition, Bethesda, MD, 1988

Fountain Competition, Silver Spring, MD, 1985

New England Silvermine Exhibition, New Canaan, CT, 1976 and 1977

Award Designs

Bill and Melinda Gates Awards for Global Health, Seattle, WA, 2001

Jazz at Lincoln Center Awards, NYC, 1989-2001

Chicago Tribune Golf Classic, IL, 1999

The Nordoff –Robbins Silver Cleft Award, NYC, 1996

The Hammond Award, NYC, 1995

Wanamaker Mile Award, NYC, 1971

Westchester Golf Classic Award, NY, 1985-1995


Bruce Museum, Stamford, CT

University of Michigan Museum, Dearborn, MI

Snite Museum, Notre Dame, IN

Museum of the Permian Basin, Midland, TX

Selected Exhibitions

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 2010

Denis Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID 2006

Weber Fine Arts, Greenwich, CT, 2005

Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2005

Anne Reid Gallery, Sun Valley, ID, 2000

Weber Fine Arts, Scarsdale, NY, 1999

Maxwell Davidson, New York, NY, 1994

Andre Emmerich, New York, NY, 1993-1995

National Academy of Design, NY, 1992

DeGraff Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1989-1990

Images Gallery, Norwalk, CT, 1988-1990

Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 1988-1990

Kouros Gallery, NY, 1985, 1986

Reece Gallery, NY, 1984, 1985, 1986

Campanile Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1985

Sculptors Guild, Lever House, NY, 1984

Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame, 1980

Gallery at Hasting-on-Hudson, New York, NY, 1980

Audobon Artists Annual Show, NY, 1978

Katonah Gallery Member Show, NY, 1976

New England Silvermine Exhibitions, New Canaan, CT, 1976, 1977 (awards)

Yonkers Art Association Member Show, NY, 1976

Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Barney Weinger Gallery, New York, NY

Arwin Galleries, Detroit, MI

Gillman Galleries, Chicago, IL

Detroit Artist Market, MI

The Contemporaries Gallery, New York, NY

Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, 1963

Mosta Mercato Nationale d’Arte, Italy

USIS American Artists in Florence, 1963

Houston Galleries, Houston, TX

Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX

Florence Art Gallery, Florence, Italy

Galleria D’Arte “Lo Sprone”, Florence, Italy

IX, X, and XII Piazza Donatello Exhibition, Florence, Italy

Donald Morris Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Galleria Schneider, Rome, Italy

Galleria L ’88, Rome and Spoleto, Italy

Galleria XXII Marzo, Venice, Italy

Little Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Sited Projects

Houston International Airport, Houston, TX

Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT

Bertschi School, Seattle, WA

City of Williamsburg, PA

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

Parkfield Fire Station, Denver, CO

Life Sciences Building, Seattle, WA

Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland, WA

Washington Mutual Conference Center, Seatac, WA

1700 7th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Inn at the Market, Seattle, WA

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1155 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Court House Square, White Plains, NY

733 Third Avenue, New York, NY

Station Plaza, Trenton, NJ

General Electric Headquarters, Fairfield, CT

Community Center, Bethesda, MD

Office Center at Montebello, Suffern, NY

IBM, East Fishkill, NY

1050 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT

Dulles Office Park, Fairfax, VA

9W Office Building, Fort Lee, NJ

Fenwick Street Fountain for Montgomery County, Silver Spring, MD

Tower 1 Office Building, New Brunswick, NJ

Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ

Flint Ink, Ann Arbor, MI

IBM, Gaithersberg, MD

Sheraton Meadowlands, Newark, NJ

Westchester Center, Houston, TX

1800 Westloop South, Houston, TX

Abilene State Bank, Abilene, TX

One Country Side Place, San Antonio, TX

Caltex – Las Colinas, Irving, TX

Bryan Tower, Dallas, TX

1212 Corporate Drive, Irving, TX

3 Barker Street, White Plains, NY

Tallyrand Building, Tarrytown, NY

Waterway Tower, Las Colinas, Irving, TX

Plaza Carolina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Chicago Bank of Commerce, Chicago, IL

Westchester County Courthouse, White Plains, NY

Strouse/Greenburg Building, Philadelphia, PA

University of Michigan at Oakland, Oakland, MI

New Children’s Hospital, Detroit, MI

Midland National Bank, Milwaukee, WI

Northland Shopping Center, Southfield, MI

First Federal Savings Building, Detroit, MI

Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Corporate Clients

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA

Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Inn at the Market, Seattle, WA

IBM, Armok, NY

General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT

Reader's Digest, Pleasantville, NY

Consolidated Foods, Chicago, IL

The Taubman Company Inc., Troy, MI

Jacobs, Visconsi, Jacobs Company, Cleveland, OH

Homart Development Company, Chicago, IL

Arthur Rubloff Company, Chicago, IL

John Wanamaker, Philadelphia, PA

Melvin Simon and Associates, Indianapolis, IN

First Federal Savings and Loan, Detroit, MI

Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Midland National Bank, Milwaukee, WI

First Wisconsin National Bank, Milwaukee, WI

Strouse/Greenberg Company, Philadelphia, PA

General Growth Properties, Des Moines, IA

Chicago Bank of Commerce, Chicago, IL

Standard Oil of Indiana, Chicago, IL

Robert Martin Corporation, White Plains, NY

Trammel Crow Company, Dallas, TX

Durst Organization, New York, NY

Clise Properties, Seattle, WA

Martin Selig, Seattle, WA

Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland, WA

Washington Mutual, Seatac, WA


Art & Auction, May 2007

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 22, 2004

Architectural Digest, Aug. 2004

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 10, 2004

New York Times, Oct. 16, 2002

New York Times, Aug. 4, 2002

Vero Beach Home and Design, Jan. 2001

University Week, University of Washington, Oct. 5 and 10, 2000

On Center, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, WA., Oct.- Nov. 2000

ArtSpeak, December 1997

The Albrightan, Reading, PA. Nov. 12, 1997

New York Times, Sept. 19, 1995

New York Times, June 11, 1995

New York Times, Sept. 4, 1994

Gannet Westchester Rockland Newspaper, June 4, 1985

The State Journal, Lansing, MI, Aug. 22, 1978

Traverse City Record Eagle, MI, Oct. 13, 1977

Reporter Dispatch, White Plains, NY. Aug. 25, 1977

New York Daily News, April 24, 1977

Reporter Dispatch, White Plains, NY. April 22, 1977

National Mall Monitor (cover), April, 1976

The Courier, Champaign-Urbana, Aug, 1976

Shopping Center World (magazine cover), June, 1976

Building Design and Construction (magazine cover), April, 1976

Gloucester County Times, Woodbury, NJ, May 29, 1975

Patent Trader, Mt. Kisco, NY, Jan. 2, 1975

Patent Trader, Mt. Kisco, NY, Nov. 22, 1973

Retail Directions (magazine cover), Sept. 1973

Chicago Daily News, Aug. 8, 1973

South Bend Tribune, July 22, 1973

East Hampton Star, May 31, 1973

Patent Trader, Mt. Kisco, NY, March 8, 1973

Chicago Tribune, Jan. 5, 1973

Madison Newspapers Inc., WI. Oct. 14, 1971

Reporter Dispatch, White Plains, NY. Oct. 13, 1971

The Detroit News, Aug. 17, 1971

Chicago Today, Aug. 13, 1971

Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 1, 1970

Madison Newspapers Inc., WI, Oct. 14, 1971

Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia, Aug. 10, 1970

Patent Trader, Mt. Kisco, NY, Nov. 20, 1969

The Detroit News, May 23, 1969

Milwaukee Journal, Nov. 22, 1966

Milwaukee Journal, Dec. 20, 1964

Milwaukee Journal, Nov. 26, 1964

Dallas Morning News, May 15, 1964

San Antonio Light, Feb. 16, 1964

San Antonio Light, Feb. 5, 1964

The Villager, Greenwich Village, NY, Aug. 1, 1963

Dallas Time Herald, June 26, 1963